Barbagallo Raceway will see youngest driver compete in Formula Ford at Wanneroo 300

Tayla Dicker (16) hopes to encourage more girls into motorsport.
Tayla Dicker (16) hopes to encourage more girls into motorsport.

TAYLA Dicker will be the youngest driver in the Formula Ford competition at Sunday's Wanneroo 300.

The 16-year-old will also be the only female in the Barbagallo Raceway competition.

It may be her first competitive Formula Ford drive, but Tayla is no stranger to the track, having competed in go-karts from the age of eight.

‘I really enjoy racing and the whole atmosphere at the track,’ she said.

‘The Formula Ford is faster than anything I’ve ever driven and this will be the first time I’ve had to change gears when I race.’

With two karting State titles under her belt, the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) has earmarked the Year 10 student as a future star.

She was recently selected for two CAMS development camps focused on the physical and mental aspects of competition and named winner of the Women in Australian Motorsport’s Junior Development Scholarship for 2014-15.

Tayla hopes to encourage more girls into motorsport.

‘I’d love to be an inspiration or mentor for other females,’ she said.

She hopes one day to race in the Formula 4 or possibly Porsche Carrera Cup.

There are 17 drivers vying for pole position in Sunday’s race.

Qualifying start at 8.30am and the competition at 9.30am.